Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Imphal, April 11:

Minister of Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry and Tourism, Oinam Lukhoi Singh today graced the observance of National Safe Motherhood Day, 2021 under the motto “ Educate, Acknowledge and focus on the problem of diseases, claiming solution and precaution for them,” held at Community Health Centre, Wangoi. It is organized by Community Health Centre, Wangoi under District Health Mission Society, Imphal West.
Stressing on the Motto of the occasion, Chief Guest, Lukhoi Singh stated that for women, pregnancy is the most important as well as critical phase in their lives. It is during this time where knowledge of proper healthcare and essentials diet imparted by the experts/doctors should not be avoided by the pregnant women and their partners to prevent themselves from any complicacy, he mentioned. Lukhoi also called upon the attention of all the men to be supportive and extend maximum cooperation and selfless support for a woman to have a safe motherhood all throughout.
Minister Lukhoi lauded the team of CHC, Wangoi, ASHA workers and Anganwadi workers for their dedication and selfless services for all specially pregnant and lactating mothers.
As part of the National Safe Motherhood Day, 2021 observance, various programmes namely ANC check-up for pregnant women, exercise for ANC, quiz competition, Gestational mellitus diabetics screening for pregnant women, PMMVY enrolment, amongst others were also conducted.
It may be mentioned that India is one of the most high-risk places in the world to give birth, accounting for 15 per cent of total maternal deaths worldwide. Every year, 44,000 women die in India due to improper care during pregnancy. This alarming data required immediate attention. So, the Government of India declared April 11 as the National Safe Motherhood Day in 2003 to create awareness about women’s safety and ensure the right to live life for them under any condition, including safe childbirth and pregnancy.
Medical Officer, CHC, Wangoi, Dr. N. Sushila Devi and CDPO, Inaocha also graced the function as President and Guest of Honour respectively.

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Imphal, April 09:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated the year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of Manipur Cinema at the Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Imphal. The function was organized by the Manipur State Film Development Society. The Chief Minister also unveiled the Monolith of Manipuri Cinema and inaugurated S.N. Chand Cine Archive & Museum at the campus of MSFDS.
Addressing the gathering, N. Biren stated that the Government had taken up certain steps for the welfare and development of Manipuri Cinema by introducing Manipur State Cine Policy, 2020 and setting up a Commission for follow-up procedures. To provide benefits to artists who brought laurels to the State and encourage them for future development, the Government had also come up with Chief Ministergi Artistessing gi Tengbang (CMAT) providing financial assistance to talented artistes, he added. He further stated that Artistes Pension under CMAT had also been introduced to make easier the life of aged reputed artists who have contributed in making the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur more vibrant by working in various fields of arts.
Recalling the contribution of pioneers of Manipuri Cinema who had made tireless efforts to uplift Manipuri Films to greater heights, he stressed that cinema had taken a big role in shaping society and giving a face to the State in the field. He also expressed his proud feelings that the State had passed through a long journey in film making and is now celebrating its Golden Jubilee despite being a small state with less resource. He was also glad to the opening of the Cine Archive & Museum which would be of useful inputs to the younger generation for learning film making.
Stating that the State had many talented youths in every field, he stressed on the need to unite and work together for a better Manipur. He further informed that the Government is ready to render necessary support and assistance to those who sincerely work for the development of the State.
Delivering his presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh said that celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Manipuri Cinema was a proud moment for the people of the State. He also added that the pioneers of Manipuri Cinema had contributed much to promote the State’s culture and art forms in their films rather than the motive of making money. Stating that Manipuri Films had now got less audience to watch compared to the olden days, he appealed to the present day filmmakers to take into consideration how to attract an audience while making films to revive its popularity.
During the programme, a short video on Glimpses of Manipur Cinema was screened. Apart from felicitating veteran filmmakers, pioneers of Manipuri Cinema and artists, the Chief Minister also distributed pension and financial assistance to beneficiaries of CMAT. A souvenir was also released on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration.
Filmmaker Manju Borah, Founder Director, Film Heritage Foundation Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director of first Manipuri Feature Film Matamgi Manipur Debkumar Bose, Manipuri Feature Film actor Yengkhom Roma and renowned filmmakers, artists, technicians and members of different film organisations attended the function among others.

MSFDS to sign MoU with Film Heritage Foundation for setting up a Film Archive in Manipur

The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), a Government of Manipur undertaking, is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), Mumbai for setting up the film archive of Manipur on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.
MSFDS partnering with FHF will be setting up the film archive to save the cinematic heritage of Manipur. Film Heritage Foundation being a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of film heritage in India will provide technical and intellectual consultancy and support to MSFDS in starting the archive particularly in restoration, preservation and digitization of the cinematic heritage of Manipur.
The areas of collaboration between MSFDS and FHF will also include training on film preservation and restoration, consultation on film repair and digitisation of film, conservation and preservation of non-filmic materials, and support in connecting with the fraternity of film archives and international bodies of film archives.
MSFDS represented by the Secretary, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, and Film Heritage Foundation represented by Founder-Director, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will sign the Memorandum of Understanding will be in the MSFDS complex, on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.

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IMPHAL, April 08: 

Power Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh today chaired a review meeting of the Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL) at the conference hall of his New Secretariat office.
During the meeting, officials highlighted the achievements and progress of ongoing projects in the State.
Biswajit asserted that the officials should ensure system strengthening to improve the quality of power supply and eventually increase income. He further instructed all DGMs to verify if there are any left-out villages so that electrification can be provided to left-out areas at the earliest.
The Minister directed that all officials and staffs should take up all necessary works and precautions before the arrival of monsoon to ensure uninterrupted supply of power in the State.
The review meeting was also attended by MD, MSPDCL Ng Subhachandra and DGMs.

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Imphal, April 07:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today virtually inaugurated Central Bank of India, Phungyar Branch, Kamjong District at a function held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The newly inaugurated branch will be the ninth among Central Bank of India branches operating in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren said that opening of the bank branch, which was a long standing demand of the people of Phungyar, would be much helpful in the implementation of various welfare schemes of the Government. Opening of banks in remote areas is very important for bringing inclusive development in the State by improving the living standard of the people, he added.
He further stated that cashless transactions and Direct Benefit Transfer have now become very common under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open more bank branches, especially in backward areas, besides taking initiatives for financial inclusion of everyone. He also expressed his thankfulness to the bank officials for their contributions in making the villagers easier to access banking services by opening the branch.
The function was attended by Advisor to Chief Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, representatives of Central Bank of India, NABARD, Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India and senior Government officials among others.

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